Like so many other regimes around the world, that of the Islamic Republic of Iran has President Obama sized up as a patsy. Its Houthi minions in Yemen fired on the United States Navy destroyer USS Mason twice while the ship was patrolling the Red Sea. After the second attack we fired off an ever so proportionate response last week. According to this NBC News report, the Mason was fired on again overnight.
What is going on here? Caroline Glick offers an explanation in her column “From Yemen to Turtle Bay.” She writes:
Iran’s decision to openly assault US targets then amounts to a gamble on Tehran’s part that in the twilight of the Obama administration, the time is ripe to move in for the kill in Yemen. The Iranians are betting that at this point, with just three months to go in the White House, Obama will abandon the Saudis, and so transfer control over Arab oil to Iran. For with the Straits of Hormuz on the one hand, and the Bab al Mandab on the other, Iran will exercise effective control over all maritime oil flows from the Arab world.
It’s not a bad bet for the Iranians, given Obama’s consistent strategy in the Middle East.
Obama has never discussed that strategy. Indeed, he has deliberately concealed it. But to understand the game he has been playing all along, the only thing you need to do listen to his foreign policy soulmate….
Whole thing here.